Women travellers tell their stories

Think of all the travel books that you have read: how many of them are written by men? Almost all? And yet women have been travelling and writing about it for as long as men. As a reviewer for the website, Women on the Road, I have spent the last few years reading these books. …

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Best books of 2017

I asked people what they enjoyed reading most in 2017. Their combined list is below, and the variety bears testament to their wide range of interests. The books listed under fiction are about refugees, women power, slavery, dictators, relationships between women and between families, and a take on Sherlock Holmes. The authors are from around …

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The Best of the Books I Read in 2014

Here's my selection of the best of the books I read this year. Links are to reviews on this site. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton—one of the most enjoyable books I read this year. Set in New Zealand in the 1860s with multiple narrators, the narrative keeps looping in on itself. A man arrives in …

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Best books of 2013

I know I've already asked for this via Facebook, but we have more space here and not everyone is on FB. Respond in a post rather than in a comment on my piece. Mine are: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail--Cheryl Strayed; Snake Ropes--Jess Richards; Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier; The Imperfectionists--Tom Rachman; …

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